I am never called to treat a fracture of the hip or femur without feeling that I wish it could have been some other bone. Many methods of treatment have been tried, almost any one of which means that the patient must remain on his back for from four to six weeks. The pneumatic splint allows a patient to leave his bed, but the yielding air cushions do not give a stable point of extension and the splint is heavy. In bed the roll under the thigh and the rods down the back of the legs lack comfort.
Several years ago I studied the various methods of obtaining the upper bearing. Some surgeons used the perineum and others the axilla for the various extensions and crutch splints. I talked with the makers of artificial legs, and nearly all advised a hard, firm substance, slightly padded, for an artificial leg socket,